For those who think we don't get to enough outlying neighborhoods, here we have Ortega120, a new Mexican spot in the South Bay. What can we say, we like the pictures. Just south of Redondo Beach, the dining room, patio and small lounge have all the appropriate accents: bright colors, banquettes covered in vintage car upholstery, low-rider cars, Frida Kahlo, old Mexican movies projected on the walls. The menu from chef/co-owner Thomas Ortega, who says he apprenticed at Water Grill, Lucques, Spago and Patina, focuses on homestyle Mexican recipes and runs the gamut from handmade tortillas, tacos, tortas, salads. Fresh fruit cocktails and margaritas made with a "double secret ingredient" round out the drink menu.
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